Daniel’s Pastry Chef Says Desserts Don’t Surprise Unless They Are Special

Oliveira. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel

“I like to go to the roots of things, to do research. I take an apple; what is special about this apple? How can I make it look different? What flavors can I add that people won’t expect? What other textures can combine two ingredients? Creativity is a lot of things in a dessert, and you need to follow a lot of steps. And you need always a surprise; if not, there’s nothing special about the dessert.” — Ghaya Oliveira certainly hopes you expect the unexpected at Daniel. [Serious Eats, Earlier]